Mazda MX-30 Research

The Car Connection Mazda MX-30 Overview

The Mazda MX-30 is a five-door hatchback powered by electricity. New for the 2022 model year, its release in the U.S. is initially limited to California.

Rivals for the MX-30 include the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV, Mini Cooper SE, and Volkswagen ID.4.

MORE: Read our 2022 Mazda MX-30 review

With the MX-30, Mazda has its first battery-powered car for sale in the U.S., but the hatchback’s relatively small 35.5-kwh pack produces just 100 miles of EPA driving range. Net power from the battery is pegged at 143 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque, all of it being sent to the front wheels via a single motor. The MX-30's acceleration isn't impressive, but it features a comfortable ride and well-sorted handling that make it enjoyable to drive. An artificial powertrain noise is pumped into the cabin that can't be turned off, luckily it's inoffensive and fades into the background quickly.

Mazda has suggested it will bring back its rotary engine to act as a range extender—like the ones found in the discontinued Chevy Volt and BMW i3—and that would expand the MX-30's overall range to a more acceptable level. But no firm commitment has been made on when that add-on will arrive in U.S. cars. 

Mazda says the MX-30’s battery can be DC fast-charged to 80 percent in about 36 minutes. It is partnered with ChargePoint to provide easier recharging for MX-30 drivers on publicly available Level 2 and DC fast-charge stations.

The MX-30 sits about the same length as Mazda’s gas-powered CX-30 crossover, at about 173 inches long. However, the CX-30’s traditional five-door wagon body doesn’t carry over. The MX-30 has five doors, but the rear side doors flip out on rear hinges, like the former Honda Element and Saturn Ion—not to mention Mazda’s own RX-8 and the BMW i3. The interior styling is elegant with tweedy cloth and cork trim that does a good job of breaking up the mostly black interior. But the backseat is a massive disappointment, those small rear doors make climbing into the backseat difficult and once you arrive there isn't enough legroom for adults to fit comfortably. 

A high-mounted 8.8-inch display for the infotainment comes standard, but it's not a touchscreen. Screen controls happen through a knob controller located between the front seats. A 7.0-inch touchscreen provides the interface for climate controls. The MX-30 is reasonably well equipped, but it will be hard to appreciate the features with range anxiety as a constant companion.

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